Saran hopeful of new date for Nepal polls

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Kathmandu, Oct 11 (UNI) Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran today expressed the hope that a new date for the Constituent Assembly polls in Nepal will be fixed soon.

Mr Saran, who arrived here yesterday, said the polls will lead to the end of political crisis in the Himalayan nation.

''India believes that the current political deadlock can be difused if the political parties in Nepal fix a new date and hold the CA polls at the earliest,'' Mr Saran told Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula in a meeting.

The top Indian diplomat also discussed recent political developments and bilateral issues, Home Ministry sources said.

Mr Saran is also likely to meet Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel, former prime ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba and Surya Bahadur Thapa, and chairman of the Rastriya Janashakti Party Pashupati Shumsher Rana later today.

Mr Saran had held separate meetings with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Maoist Chairman Prachanda and CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal yesterday and discussed the vexed political issues and pledged India's support to the peace process.

The visit by the top Indian official is aimed at assessing the political situation in the country and consult various leaders in a bid to find a way out of the current political impasse.

UNI

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